Idaho Falls man honored for donating massive amount of blood
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IDAHO FALLS — In November 1950, Reginald Reeves, with Duane Lloyd and other organizers, challenged fellow University of Idaho students to give blood at the first university-sponsored blood drive in the nation.
When U of I issued a challenge to others schools, Harvard University took up the challenge and other schools followed. The U of I staked its reputation as “The Bloodiest Campus in the Nation”. One year, 59 percent of the U of I students body donated blood.
Reginald recalls that one year he went to the local train station where students had gathered to see off the university football team. He grabbed a cheerleader’s megaphone and exhorted the crowd to follow him, leading a serpentine back up to the student union where a blood drive was being held.
Reginald may not lead a serpentine these days, but he still serves as a role model. At last count, he has donated 269 units of blood to the Red Cross, helping to save many hundreds of lives.